The four high profile police cases that have dominated the news and national attention for at least half of the year brings up a disturbing fact that has received little or no public attention. The press certainly hasn’t delved into the issue. No surprise there.
In each high profile case the race baiters such as Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, Eric Holder, and even Barack Obama have pushed for Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations. This meddling is supposed to ascertain whether or not there is racism or civil rights violations within the various police departments that handled these cases.
The DOJ, further, found what it was looking for. Some cops are racists. Some regularly skirt the law. Others are honorable, trustworthy, fair, and honest. They want to do a good job within the boundaries of the law. But in no case has it been found that entire police departments have been infected with widespread lawlessness. It is most interesting that we cannot say this about the DOJ, the IRS, DHS, the State Department, the EPA, or most of the cabinet level agencies that operate out of Washington under the ultimate supervision of the Executive Branch, which is headed by the president.
The level of corruption that has infested Washington agencies is mind boggling. Yet instead of cleaning up the mess in Washington, the Feds decide instead to go after local police and sheriff’s departments. The reason for this plan of action is three-fold.
Several years ago a collectivist who read this column faithfully initiated an email conversation . She stated upfront that she was no conservative but a “progressive” who wanted to see massive changes in way the United States is governed. One thing she mentioned, which I had never heard before, was that she and her progressive comrades believe that a national police force, headquartered in Washington, should be implemented to take the place of county sheriffs and local police departments.She stated that this was much more than simply her personal opinion. Most of her progressive cohorts see it the same way.
At the outset those who adhere to the U.S. Constitution see major problems with this proposal. The main problem from a legal-constitutional standpoint is that power is taken, by force, from the people. One of the key tenets of Constitutional law is that government, including the power to police, is to remain as close as possible to the ordinary voters, the people. The more power the people have over their own lives, the more likely they can prevent or slow the gradual move of a centralized power far away that edges toward tyranny.